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Dakari Johnson and Montverde Academy will take on Simeon of Chicago on Saturday at the Cancer Research Classic.

West Virginia will be high school basketball's epicenter this weekend as the sixth annual Cancer Research Classic welcomes five nationally-ranked programs to Wheeling.

Set for Friday and Saturday on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University, an ESPN2-televised showdown between Montverde Academy (Fla.) and Simeon (Chicago) headlines the star-studded lineup and is sure to have a major impact on next week's national rankings.

Montverde Academy, coming off a tournament victory at the prestigious City of Palms Classic, is 13-0 and led by the senior trio of point guard Kasey Hill (Florida), power forward Devin Williams (West Virginia) and 6-foot-10 center Dakari Johnson. The Eagles are ranked No. 3 in's Academy Top 10.

Simeon began the season as the top-ranked traditional high school squad. The Wolverines lost to DeSoto (Texas) in December, but have rattled off eight wins in a row in impressive fashion and currently sit at No. 7 nationally.

Another Chicago program will also have its hands full in Xcellent 25 No. 4 Whitney Young (Chicago), fresh off a tournament victory at the Beach Ball Classic. The Dolphins will face Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia), who is looking to bounce back from a pair of losses at the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon.

Friday's highlight should be a matchup between a pair of Academy Top 10-ranked squads. No. 1 Huntington Prep (W.Va.) – led by No. 1 2013 prospect Andrew Wiggins – will take on controversial but ultra-talented Prime Prep (Dallas), a school founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

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Complete schedule
4:30 p.m. – Linsly (Wheeling, W.Va.) vs. Seton LaSalle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
6 p.m. – Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) vs. Wheeling Central Catholic (W.Va.)
7:30 p.m. – Huntington Prep vs. Prime Prep
9 p.m. – Lower Merion (Ardmore, Pa.) vs. St. Raymond (Bronx, N.Y.)
12:30 p.m. – St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) vs. Wheeling Park (Wheeling, W.Va.)
2 p.m. – DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) vs. Gill St. Bernard's (Gladstone, N.J.)
3:30 p.m. – Neumann-Goretti vs. Whitney Young
6 p.m. – Montverde Academy vs. Simeon
8 p.m. – Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) vs. Salesian (Richmond, Calif.)